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Issue: Spring 2015

Censored Voices (2015) movie review

Jewish International Film Festival

Censored Voices takes on the difficult task of using audio recordings of interviews with Israeli soldiers-made just days after Israel's 1967 Six-Day War-as the foundation for a cinematic experience. Director/writer Mor Loushy does an amazing job, setting the often painfully raw recordings describing war crimes, cowardice, shock, fear and doubt over Israel's national direction, against visual backdrops.

The movie's core problem, and its ultimate failing, derives from the flawed nature of human perception: visuals tend to trump the aural. Sadly, in this case, it is the audio recordings-made by renowned Israeli writer Amos Oz with a small group of soldier-kibbutzniks over three weeks immediately after the war-that should have been centre stage.

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The visuals are largely scratchy B&W six-day war archival footage, coupled with tedious shots of a reel-to-reel tape recorder in action, and uncomfortable present-day close ups of the soldier-interviewees listening to their own words of decades past. Sadly, it is the nature of cinema and human sensory prioritisation that robs the all important '67 audio track of the spotlight it deserves.

The soldiers' raw and pained admission of war crimes, cruelty, doubt, frustration, fear and cowardice are truly powerful. The recordings were-as acknowledged in the movie's title-censored by the Israeli army for 50 years. One soldier invokes the word 'holocaust' in describing the massive refugee crisis the war triggered in the then new occupied territories of Sinai Peninsula, Golan Heights, West Bank and Gaza Strip. He bitterly speaks of Zionism as 'a tragedy', prophesising that Israel would be doomed to cycle through brief periods of peace, interspersed by long years of war.

The movie clearly posits that the Middle East, and the world, would most certainly have evolved in a very different manner had these recording been freely heard, discussed and debated over the past half century.

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by Alan Alderson
Australian release 2015
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Title: Censored Voices (Siach lochamim) (2015)
Written by: Mor Loushy, Daniel Sivan
Directed by: Mor Loushy
Running time: 84 mins

The Players: Amos Oz

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